is considered by many to be the lingua franca of our era, but will it really be an enduring tool for communications in the future in the face of swiftly growing languages like Mandarin? english
had a sizable head start on Mandarin’s global spread because of the British Empire’s education in its colonies and in the commonwealth, leaving many countries around the world with english
as a major spoken language today, from hong kong
to the United Arab Emirates.
isn’t only important as a common spoken language but as the accepted means of communication for many different mediums, interactions, and organizations. english
is the official language of the United Nations as well as all maritime and aeronautical communications. This huge starting speaker base for the english
language also drastically affected the development of the World Wide Web. As much as 80% of website content across the internet is in english
, meaning that any fresh person wanting to delve into the web must cultivate at least a basic working knowledge of english
to pierce the shroud, while also being encouraged to develop their understanding of the language further to access progressively more and more complicated content. It’s also commonplace for researchers to publish their work in english
to make it more accessible to a wider potential audience. Even if Mandarin becomes a common spoken tongue for business
and communication, science and computing have had english
ingrained into their technological jargon, their content, and their electronic or conventionally published means of communication with other people with similar interests around the globe.
Two good indicators of whichever language is viewed as the most important are the educational aspirations of students in countries that speak neither language natively and the preferred language and currency for deals in business
. Mandarin has enjoyed a boost in popularity in many native english
speaking schools because it’s a logical second choice of language to prepare for the future, but what about Asian countries near china
? According to a BBC article on the subject in the context of Malaysia, english
is still the most popular language for students even in such relative proximity to china
. Many students commute across the border to Singapore, where they can receive schooling in english
that the students’ parents feel will give them much more job flexibility later in life. The article goes on to say that Mandarin is becoming a key language for business
, such as for setting up western business
es in china
. However, even in that case the negotiator would need to know both Mandarin and english
such that both languages co-exist in the business
sector. The article goes on to detail how vietnam
is vehemently opposed to adopting Mandarin but is embracing english
, especially among young people.
dominating on virtually every front but china
deals, it’s not hard to speculate that english
will continue to be the most prominent global language for a great deal of time to come. Global languages of the past, such as Latin and french
, faded into relative obscurity over time as their empires crumbled and colonies gained independence. However, globalization has changed the way language works on a global scale. The integration of english
into many international communications systems and its position as a foundation for being able to understand and communicate in math, science, and the world wide web means that any language that supplants it would not only have to replace the spoken word but also the significant establishment upon which much of modern globalization has been built. With as many as 300 million people in china
, I don’t think english
’s throne as the premier global language will be shifting hands anytime soon.